Artists express their thoughts and feelings by creating
fine art works that are primarily intended for aesthetic enjoyment.
Related career titles include advertising artist or designer,
art administrator, furniture designer, illustrator, courtroom
sketcher, medical illustrator, animator and toy designer. Some
organizations that typically employ art majors include: studios,
museums, auction houses, art councils, educational institutions,
hospitals, interior design departments, advertising agencies,
and film and media production companies.
This major may also lead to many other careers. For additional
possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on campus
to utilize computerized career information systems and other
valuable career resources.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should
complete the lower-division major requirements and the general
education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution.
Santa Monica College has articulation agreements for this
major with the following UC, CSU, and private institutions.
Exact major requirements for these and other UC and CSU
campuses can be found online at www.assist.org.
Students must complete major requirements in effect at
the time enrollment begins or major requirements in effect at
graduation as long as continuous enrollment is maintained.
(See page 48 for definition of continuous enrollment.)
At least 50% of the required major units must be completed
at Santa Monica College.
All coursework for the major must be completed with a
grade of C (2.0) or higher.
Art (24 units)
Required Core Courses: (12 units)
Art 10A, Design I (3)
Art 20A, Drawing I (3)
Choose two core classes from the following:
AHIS 1, Western Art History I (3)
AHIS 2, Western Art History II (3)
AHIS 3, Western Art History III (3) (formerly Art 8)
AHIS 15, Mexican Art History (3) (formerly Art 9)
AHIS 17, Arts of Asia (3) (formerly Art 5)
AHIS 18, Introduction to African American History (3)
AHIS 72, American Art History (3) (formerly Art 72)
Foundation Classes – (12 units required); (it is
strongly recommended that the foundation courses be
taken after completion of core classes):
Art 10B, Design II (3)
Art 20B, Drawing II (3)
Art 21A, Drawing III (3)
Choose one foundation course from the following:
Art 13, 3-D Design (3)
Art 40A, Sculpture I (3)
Art 52A, Ceramics I (3)
The above recommendations are the minimum requirements
for an Associate in Arts degree only.
In addition to meeting academic requirements, most universities
and art schools require prospective students to submit
a portfolio for admission to be presented to the Art Department
of each institution that they apply to for admission.
It is possible to be admitted to a university based on academics,
but not into their Art Major Program, unless a student
submits a portfolio with evidence of individual style and concepts.